[Editor’s note: This is a State Department cable that was included in the FBI’s 2009 RYMUR release of documents under the Freedom of Information Act. It was not included in the State Department’s own release, but we have included identifying information for it using the agency’s designations.
[The text for this document was released in 2014 by the now-defunct Wikileaks website at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978STATE303420_d.html. This URL may be available through the Wayback Machine.]
O 302253Z NOV 78
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO FBI IMMEDIATE
UNCLAS STATE 303420
SUBJECT: ASSASSINATION THREAT AGAINST PRESIDENT/ VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
REF: (A) USSS 1061 DATED 11/24/78
— (B) FBI 220147Z NOVEMBER 1978
USSS FOR ID/FIB, FBI FOR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE DIVISION-ATTN: J.O. INGRAM
1. Referenced telegrams as well as news media coverage concerning the group known as the “People’s Temple” have stated that there may have been or inferred that there may still exist a plan to assassinate the President of the United States and all in line of succession, or to assassinate/kidnap high ranking government officials.
2. The Department of State, Office of Security, has the protective responsibility for Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. To meet our responsibilities, it is requested that the DOS, Office of Security, be notified immediately of any information regarding the secretary, his office, or any Department of State employee, during the ongoing investigations being conducted by the USSS/FBI.
3. Notifications should be made to the Office of Security Command Center (SY/CC). Our 24-hour telephone numbers are 202-632-2412 (black) and 5288 (green).
Vance [Cyrus Vance, Secretary of State]